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Rap and a revolution

Rap and a revolution

“I’m not here looking for followers, I’m looking for new leaders,” conscious rapper Talib Kweli proclaimed in a freestyle as a capacity crowd crammed into Fubar, 3108 Locust St. in St. Louis, on the

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  • Written by Kenya Vaughn-NNPA news Service

Gina the dreamer

Gina the dreamer

Born on June 10, 1969, Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood studied film at UCLA before beginning her career as a writer for the TV sitcom, “A Different World.” In 2000, she made a noteworthy directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed “Love & Basketball,” which netted a dozen accolades during awards season, including a couple of NAACP Image Awards, a BET Award and several Black Reel Awards.

Gina’s next feature was “The Secret Life of Bees (2008),” which also earned its share of trophies, including Image Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. Here, she talks about making her third movie, “Beyond the Lights,” a romance drama co-starring Gugu Mbata-Raw and Nate Parker.

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Toni Morrison’s papers to be housed at Princeton

Toni Morrison’s papers to be housed at Princeton

PRINCETON, New Jersey (AP) — The papers of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison are now part of the permanent library collection of Princeton University.
Princeton made the announcement Friday, shortly before the 83-year-old Morrison took part in a forum at the school where she served on the faculty for 17 years.

The renowned author's papers contain about 180 linear feet of research materials documenting her life, work and writing methods. They include manuscripts, drafts and proofs of many of Morrison's novels. Materials for her children's literature, lyrics, lectures, correspondence and more are also part of the collection.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun   

BIG BUDGET FILMS    

“The Best of Me” (PG-13 for sexuality, violence, brief profanity and some drug use) Romance drama based on the Nicholas Sparks best-seller of the same name and revolving around the reunion of a couple of high school sweethearts (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) for the first time in years when they return to their hometown for a friend’s funeral. With Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey and Caroline Goodall.   

“The Book of Life” (PG for mild action, rude humor, mature themes and scary images) Animated adventure about a young man (Diego Luna) who finds himself torn between fulfilling his family’s expectations and following his heart. Ensemble voice cast featuring Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, Ron Perlman and Cheech.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING MYRON?: Memphis was full of high-profile entertainment options this past weekend.

WHAT’S HAPPENING MYRON?: Memphis was full of high-profile entertainment options this past weekend.

Ever woke up on a Monday morning and felt so tired that you were absolutely sure that getting out of bed was one of the hardest things you ever had to do? Of course you have, that’s what happens to most of us on Monday.

Occasionally, the challenge of Monday is muted by a mitigating factor – the lingering vibes and memories from a busy, soul-satisfying weekend like the one I just experienced.

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Steve Harvey launches website ‘to help women become more dateable’

Steve Harvey launches website ‘to help women become more dateable’

Steve Harvey has helped ladies “Think Like a Man,” and “Act Like a Success;” now he’s on a crusade “to help women become more dateable.”
The acclaimed talk show host has launched a dating website, Delightful.com, a joint venture with IAC, the company that owns Match.com, OkCupid, Tinder and a slew of niche-oriented matchmaking services.

As Forbes reports, in addition to providing the animating philosophy, Harvey will supply articles and videos for subscribers hoping to “find love and keep it,” as the tagline has it.

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  • Written by Chris Witherspoon-theGrio

Movie Review: ‘Dear White People’

Movie Review: ‘Dear White People’

The academics are tough enough at Winchester University, a mythical Ivy League institution. It’s too bad that black students there also have to worry about making themselves comfortable socially.

That’s precisely the predicament we find a quartet of African-American undergrads facing at the point of departure of Dear White People, a sophisticated social satire marking the directorial and scriptwriting debut of Justin Simien. Earlier this year, the thought-provoking dramedy won the Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the Sundance Film Festival. 

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